Synopsis: The landmark teen film that solidified Dean's image with the public follows the story of rebellious middle-class teens, disenfranchised with their parents, and given to a life of thuggery and deadly dangerous drag racing to win over women.
Genre: Drama
Actors: James Dean, Natalie Wood, Sal Mineo, Jim Backus
Production: Warner Bros. Pictures
  Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
111 min

Long shot. City. Night. Suddenly revealed--crisp and

sparkling with lights. Camera pans down and over:

A lonely street full of parked cars. The singing diminishes

but a thread of it remains. A car has just parked. The

headlights snap off. A MAN emerges whistling the same

melody and pulls some gifts from the front seat. He slams

the door and starts down the street in the direction of a

house with bright windows. He must pass an empty lot full

of rusty grass and litter which lies in darkness between two

street lights.

As the MAN walks by the lot, still whistling, a GROUP OF

FIGURES rises silently from the grass, figures who have been

lying in concealment until now. They step noiselessly onto

the pavement and follow the MAN. At the sound of their

boots the whistling stops.

The MAN glances behind him and sees the figures walking

after him, filling the pavement. A street light shows them

to be boys and girls and all quite young. The MAN moves on

more swiftly and the sound of their pursuit increases. He

begins to run toward the lighted house and the following

steps run too. Suddenly he stops under the next street

light and turns to face the figures. They are upon him and

around him quickly. Nobody speaks for a moment, then one of

the boys grins. His name is BUZZ. He is big and filled

with an awareness of his own masculinity.


(friendly, cool)

That was pretty what you were

whistling. Whistle some more.

The MAN whistles a nervous phrase, trying to make a joke of

the situation which he doesn't understand.


(continuing; suddenly)

You got a cigarette?


Oh, I think so--

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Stewart Stern

Stewart Henry Stern was a two-time Oscar-nominated and Emmy award-winning American screenwriter. He is best known for writing the screenplay for the iconic film Rebel Without a Cause, starring James Dean. more…

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